Former Beatle star John Lennon's 70th birth anniversary will include a benefit concert in New York, organizers said on Tuesday. The November 2 concert scheduled to be held at New York's Beacon Theatre will have Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper, Aimee Mann and Shelby Lynne as performers.
The concert is one of the several events and parties being held in New York and around the world to mark Lennon's 70th birthday on October 9.
Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, is expected to mark the anniversary day in Iceland, where she will light the Imagine Peace Tower memorial located on the island of Vioey, near the Reykjavik.
Ono's We Are Plastic Ono Band will also pay tribute to the late artist with guest performers like Lady Gaga and Iggy Pop in Los Angeles on October 1 and 2, while on October 5 she will help release eight reissued solo albums plus new collections called the John Lennon Signature Box.
A video film on Lennon Nowhere Boy, has been made by Sam Taylor-Wood. Also, another new documentary LennonNYC has been made using rarely seen footage of the music legend. He was gunned down outside his New York City apartment on December 8, 1980.
Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Playing for Change Foundation, a charity which promotes peace through music and builds music schools in the developing world.